GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Greenwood couple has bought the city's oldest fire station and hopes to transform the building into a native winery.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports ( that the city sold the property this week to Debbie and Lonnie Bailey for $27,000.

The building, often referred to as the "Old Fire Station," has not been used in decades.

Lonnie Bailey said the building is a natural location for a winery.

"We have for a couple of years now had a dream of building and operating a Mississippi native winery as part of the emphasis on tourism," Bailey said.

Bailey said the couple plans to restore the building within guidelines of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The building would be used for fermentation and would also include a tasting room, he said.

Bailey said the winery could produce 200 to 250 gallons at a time.

Bailey, who has a vineyard in Carroll County, said the fermentation of wine typically takes six months "from crush to bottle."


Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth,